Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(Columbus) – Marion Correctional Institution (MCI), a
1,700 bed medium security prison located in Marion, Ohio, is scheduled to be the
site of the first-ever Promise Keepers conference held in a state prison on
August 12, 2003 from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM.
In addition to the approximately 900 inmates who will
attend the conference at MCI, more than 4,000 inmates in Ohio’s other
institutions as well as those in participating institutions across the United
States, Canada, Great Britain and Australia, will be able to watch the
conference as it happens through a live simulcast via the internet.
“It has long been known in the field of corrections
that faith-based programs are an important component of the rehabilitative
process”, said Department of Rehabilitation and Correction Director, Reginald
A. Wilkinson. “Any program, whether religious or secular, that improves
self-esteem and makes inmates aware of their responsibilities to family, victims
and society is going to have a positive impact.”
The theme for the August 12 conference is “Redeem
“The Department works to ensure every faith group
has the opportunity to provide services in the institutions,” explained DRC
Religious Services Director, Rev. Gary Sims. “Whether Christian, Jewish or
Muslim, we want the inmates to have the opportunity to worship if they want
For more information, please contact the DRC Bureau
of Public Information at (614) 752-1150.